Prosperity Saskatchewan

K+S saved considerable amounts of time and money by designing and fabricating items away from the site

K+S Potash to begin production at its Legacy mine in Saskatchewan by year-end

The $4.1bn project is expected to produce more than 2 million tonnes of potash a year once at full capacity.

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

March 27, 2017


For the last 40 years, nine potash mines have been operating in Canada’s western-central province of Saskatchewan. But that’s about to change.

Before the end of 2017, K+S Potash Canada and partner Amec Foster Wheeler — in charge of the project design and management — hope to start production at the Legacy project, a new site with an expected output of 2.86 million tonnes per year once at full capacity.

Earlier this month, the company welcomed the first 177 of 531 custom-built rail cars, which shows how close they are to starting production, K+S said.

Interviewed by’s Cecilia Jamasmie during the 2017 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention in Toronto, AmecFW’s Global Mining & Metals Markets President, David Lawson, explained why, despite the tough climate in the potash industry, he is optimistic about the future of the Saskatchewan project.

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Similarly, AmecFW’s President of Mining & Metal for the Americas, Duane Gingrich, talked about the challenges and advantages of building Legacy in the prairies.

According to Gingrich, the project’s developers have been able to reduce its footprint and volume by 45%, saving nearly $100 million in cost of concrete. At the same time, he added, by designing and fabricating items away from the site, they have saved considerable amounts of time and money.

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